Raiders' Carr has 'fractured relationship' with teammates

Raiders' Carr has 'fractured relationship' with teammates

Raiders' Carr has 'fractured relationship' with teammates

No one on the team is denying the Raiders subpar start in 2018; 1-5 is not where Smith, or any of his teammates expected to be at this juncture. Both deals have had negative impacts on the locker room, per the report.

"We didn't want to believe it was coming, and Coach said we weren't going to trade him", the veteran said.

According to a report by The Athletic, Oakland players were upset they found out about the trade from media reports and not from Gruden himself.

As the National Football League trade deadline gets closer to its conclusion Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET, teams are seeing what deals they can get to improve their team or stock draft picks for next year.

Despite Gruden's assertions that the team is "trying to stay competitive", The Athletic quoted multiple players who doubt the team isn't tanking.

That perspective appears to have some players less invested in the team because they don't expect to be around during the teardown and rebuild. One player wondered whether he would even be with the Raiders next week.

Not referring to Carr by his name might be the first clue to a bit of indifference, and Gruden may essentially be saying to other teams, "make your best offer, and I just might take it".

I understand we just brought Amari in and that means cut someone, but why did they cut Brice Butler? Smith said Wednesday that there is no problem with accountability when it comes to Carr and his production. If they can't, Gruden will have a hard choice to make at QB, as the team has three first-round draft picks in 2019. "This is a team, right now, that I think is one of the two or three biggest disappointments in the National Football League this season".

"To ever insinuate there's an issue inside this locker room with our leader and our captain is the biggest joke I've ever seen, and I've been around this league my whole life", Smith said.

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